Did you know that PSPS hosted a series of pre-employment skills training events for new immigrants and refugees this summer?

These pilot program events went so well that we have been seeking funding to help PSPS develop a long-term citizen science program in Pacific Spirit Regional Park for new immigrants and refugees.  If you are interested in supporting this project, you can donate now.  Your support will help PSPS make an environmental and social impact!

Remember to note that your donation is for the PSPS New Immigrant Citizen Science Program in the message box on the Pacific Parklands Foundation link.


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Natural Playgrounds

Pacific Spirit Regional Park is one of the last places in Vancouver where children can play in nature.  However, each year when we survey the park’s illegal trails we find more and more areas around elementary schools being impacted by off trail play.

What are your ideas for balancing nature play and ecological restoration?

Share your thoughts with us on Twitter, Facebook or by email at volunteer@pacificspiritparksociety.org.

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Small changes can make a BIG impact!

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Earlier this month I heard a wonderful story of how a little fence at the Pacific Spirit Regional Park Beaver Wetland has allowed for ecological restoration to naturally occur.  In response to a concerned park user, Metro Vancouver staff installed a little fence this summer to block off-leash dogs from exploring in the Beaver Wetland.  Over the past few months there has been a remarkable return of native plant vegetation, such as sedges and rushes, which create ideal breeding habitat for Northwestern Salamanders and Pacific Tree Frogs.  While dogs love to check out the wetlands and streams in the Park, it is important to remember that these ecosystems provide important habitat and protection for lots of wildlife.

Curious about what other native wildlife has been seen in the Beaver Wetland this year?


  • Beaver
  • Mink
  • Coyote (including young)
  • Mice
  • Vole


  • Northwestern Salamander
  • Pacific Tree Frog


  • Mallard Duck (including ducklings)
  • Tree Swallow (nesting in hollow trees)
  • Willow Fly-Catcher
  • Golden Crown Kinglet
  • Ruby Crown Kinglet
  • Orange Crown Warbler
  • Towhee
  • Chickadee
  • Finch
  • Bush Tit
  • Pacific Wren
  • Cooper Hawk (nesting)
  • Red Tail Hawk
  • Downy Woodpecker (nesting in pines)
  • Pileated Woodpecker (nesting in pines)
  • Raven
  • Bald Eagle (observed teaching their young how to fly and hunt)
  • Kingfisher (hunting)
  • Great Blue Heron (hunting)
  • Barred Owl

I wonder what you will discover the next time you are at the Beaver Wetland.  The best place to view the wildlife is on Spanish Trail, between Pioneer and Salish (see red circle on map below).

You can let us know what you find at volunteer@pacificspiritparksociety.org.




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Cascadia Explorers – Pacific Spirit Park is going Virtual?!

Exciting news from a community volunteer, Yvan Boily, on an upcoming educational videogame that features Pacific Spirit Park. Kids will have a chance to learn history, about native/invasive plants, and how to manage them!

You can check out his post here.

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